Category Archives: 2000 – current

Maryam Nejad (Iran)

My name is Maryam. I’m from Iran. I came here 15 years ago. I have three daughters. 13, 11, and 9 years old. Our family lives in Mountain View, California. I’m a stay-at-home Mom. We own a rug galley in Mountain View. I want to learn English because I like to talk with everybody. I am a rug weaver and ... Read More »

Seeking a Better Future (El Salvador)

We were 7 children in total and we lived with my mom and dad. My childhood was very sad because the children in El Salvador didn’t know the difference between living like an adult and a child, because we had to work like adults. I didn’t really have a childhood because I had to work so hard for a long ... Read More »

The Move (Mexico)

There’s a mother named Flora Bravo Garcia,(name changed) struggling to keep her life as best as she can. Will she make it in the U.S. ? I was living in Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1980. My life was great as a child. I would play in the mud, and my friends and I would play outside when it rained.            As ... Read More »

Eritrean Exodus – Ghezae’s Story

Ghezae Kidane tells his story to an audience in Palo Alto. He fled his home country of Eritrea when his stint in the national service looked never-ending. He is part of a mass exodus of young Eritreans who have become frustrated with the arbitrary rules of their “President-for-Life.” They risk their lives to escape. AUnited Nations Commission of Inquiry concluded ... Read More »

Escape From Aleppo (Syria)

Toukhig Arabian tells of her family’s harrowing escape from war-torn Aleppo, Syria, and how they are rebuilding their lives in the US. She was one of five storytellers at a Media Center event in May, 2018, from different countries who had to leave due to violence or repression and build new lives. Read More »

Eyrus (Ethiopia)

It was a light winter rain in Ethiopia. I was very angry when I left home that day because of what happened yesterday. I wish life was not so difficult, that my dad was not so strict. I thought this because my dad said that I was not allowed to hang out with my friends, after I arrived home late yesterday. It felt like I could not do ... Read More »

Determined Dreamer from El Salvador

I was ten years old carrying a broken heart and tears that cover my eyes when I emigrated to the United States of America from El Salvador with the innocence feeling of only wanting to be reunited with my mother and father. At the instance, I was not chasing the American Dream. All I wanted was to be able to ... Read More »

An America Lover’s Story (China)

My father Yun Nie was Chinese; I used “was” because he just got his green card in the last month. Now he has his green card, so he is a part of United States. He was born in China in March 27, 1973. Now he is 45 years old and going to turn 46 this month. Why does he love ... Read More »

The Fine Example (Taiwan)

People think when you reach the age of 30, you should have built up your own business, in order to have a position in society, to have the response from others you want. But the age of 40 can be the best age in life. Sometimes having high pay, even though you are losing control of health, is all for ... Read More »

A Dreamer from Hong Kong

My uncle is a dreamer. He came to the U.S. for his education and had a hope to settle in the U.S. He came from Hong Kong, a world city in China. It’s really crowded and extremely different from the U.S. He first came to the U.S. in 2001, at the age of the beginning of his undergraduate school. He ... Read More »

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